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South Africa hits 500,000 infections, President hopeful

Saudi Press Agency

Sunday 1441/12/12 - 2020/08/02

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 2, 2020, SPA -- South Africa has surpassed 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, but President Cyril Ramaphosa said Sunday he sees promising signs that the rapid growth of cases has stabilized and that the country's strained health system is managing to cope.

Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases Saturday night, bringing the country's cumulative total to 503,290, including 8,153 deaths.

South Africa has now tallied more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries, according to AP.

With a population of about 58 million, South Africa has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world, behind the U.S., Brazil, Russia and India, all countries with significantly higher populations, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Experts say the true toll of the pandemic worldwide is much higher than confirmed cases, due to limited testing and other reasons.

19:05 LOCAL TIME 16:05 GMT

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